With David Ayer moved off of the highly-grossing but critically derided Suicide Squad in order to develop Gotham City Sirens with Margot Robbie, WB is thinking hard about its options regarding a possible replacement in order to get the ball rolling on a sequel.
Their first thought: newly minted Best Director nominee Mel Gibson. A curious choice given his general antipathy for the genre, and who recently called the studio’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: “…a piece of sh*t“. But perhaps that siren song of another big payday/high profile project overcomes any personal misgivings toward a genre.
Gibson is currently in the midst of a pretty seismic comeback, his image having taken a huge hit ever since his drunk driving arrest and anti-Semitic comments in the 2000’s. With last year’s Hacksaw Ridge, notably a Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director contender at this year’s Academy Awards, Gibson is now back in Hollywood’s favor and is fielding a number of high profile offers.
According to THR‘s sources, Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material and WB is also considering other options in case these early talks with Gibson do not bear any results (which seems likely, if I had to guess), notably Daniel Espinosa who directed 2012’s Safe House. Variety reports that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) are also being considered, names that seem to pop up often in these superhero movie director discussions.
But, this is the first real movement we’ve heard on the sequel ever since it was committed to. No prospective release date has been announced as of yet.